Baked Avocado & Egg Boats
Here's a simple and quick breakfast that packs a lot of flavor, protein and healthy fats. Use a pre-mixed Mexican seasoning blend or make your own with equal parts organic cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano and chili powder. Ole'!
1 organic Hass avocado, cut in half with seed removed
2 organic farm eggs
½ tsp organic Mexican Seasoning
¼ cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
fine sea salt and organic cracked black p
DIY Lemon Hair Gel
Lemon juice acts as a great base for homemade hair gel because of its sugar content. As an added bonus, it adds shine. Powdered agar-agar, which is produced from dried seedweed, provides the gelling effect and conditions hair.
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon powdered agar-agar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
Combine the water and agar-agar together in a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Add the lemon j
The Girl Scout Handbook of 1927 may have introduced campers to the first printed recipe for S'mores (reputedly named after the refrain "gimme some more" frequently heard around campfires), but the ancient Egyptians were actually the first to make these treats. Originally, these pillow-like confections were made from the root of the plant that bears the same name: the mallow plant (Athaea officinalis), also known as marshmallow because it thrives in marshes. By the late 1800s,
Do you know what's in the typical bottle of laundry detergent found in the cleaning isle of the grocery store? Many products contain up to 70% simple washing soda (sodium carbonate) and water, with the rest of the formula consisting of a combination of pesticides (i.e., optical brighteners), hormone disrupters and other hazardous materials that bioconcentrate in the environment and the fatty tissue of wildlife. You won't see these ingredients on the label, in part because no
Cajeput (Melaleuca minor syn. M. leucadendra) is a tree in the myrtle family that is native to Australia. Like its botanical cousin, tee tree (M. alternifolia), its leaves and stems yield a highly aromatic essential oil that is mildly camphorous with fruity undertones. Similarly, the oil is also antifungal and antimicrobial. It is also a natural and highly effective deterrent to mosquitoes.
In a 2006 study that compared the efficacy of 41 plant extracts and 11 oil mixtures
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in September 2013, compounds in green tea may help to protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. In contrast to topical sunscreens that deflect the sun's rays, however, green tea compounds work from the inside out.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is abundant in catechin polyphenols, phytochemicals with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While applying green tea formulations topically is cer
How to Use Quartz Crystals
Quartz is certainly beautiful to look at, but it has other properties to admire. It cleanses, heals, amplifies and channels energy and increases perception -- and you can learn how to harness its powers.
Clear quartz is associated with enhancing psychic abilities, spiritual communication and to promote healing. This is because the gemstone is a natural conductor of energy, which is why it used to power your watch and electrical equipment. Cryst
Whether you're into hiking, camping, sailing or just hanging around the back yard this summer, chances are you'll experience a scrape, rash or itchy bug bite at some point. With a little preparation and a few essential supplies, you'll be ready to tackle any minor emergency that comes your way. In addition to bandaids, gauze, scissors and tweezers, the following items are found in every well-stocked herbal first aid kit.
Witch Hazel Extract
The all-purpose antiseptic and soo
Coconut Lip Balm
This simple balm will keep lips smooth all summer. If you'd like a tinted lip balm, add a bit of alkanet root powder or beet root powder until the desired color is achieved.
Ingredients 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax (or pastilles)
1 tablespoon organic cocoa butter
2 tablespoons organic sunflower oil
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
20 drops organic essential oil of choice (optional)
5 drops vitamin E oil
Directions Chop or grate beeswax, or mea
The Story of Pesto Pesto genovese, better known as simply "pesto" to many, is a traditional sauce and condiment original to the city of Genoa in northern Italy. It is named from the Italian word pestare, which means to crush with a mortar and pestle. (Note that the last word of the previous sentence shares a similar etymology.) Although the Genoese people perfected the recipe with the addition of European pine nuts and the contribution of sweet basil introduced to the local l